MERCERVILLE, Ohio — After having its 39-match league winning streak snapped last Thursday, the Eastern volleyball team returned to its winning ways Monday night following a 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 victory over host South Gallia in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Eagles (13-2, 8-1 TVC Hocking) struggled a bit against SGHS, as the guests trailed in two of the three games played and never led by more than eight points in any one contest. Still, the 3-0 match decision allowed EHS to secure a season sweep after posting a 25-9, 25-17, 25-14 over the Lady Rebels (5-8, 3-6) at Eastern back on August 29.
There were six ties and seven lead changes in the opening game, as South Gallia jumped out to an early 7-3 lead — its largest advantage in Game 1. EHS countered with a 7-3 run to knot things up at 10, then went on a 13-7 surge to claim its biggest lead of the opener at 23-17.
Both teams traded points over the next four services, which allowed the Lady Eagles to claim an early 1-0 match lead.
Eastern never trailed in Game 2 and held leads of eight points on three different occasions, the last of which came at the final score of 25-17 — giving the guests a decisive 2-0 match advantage.
The Lady Rebels, however, didn’t make the evening sweep easy on the Lady Eagles, as both teams battled through six ties and seven lead changes in the finale. SGHS also held the biggest lead for either team in Game 3, twice owning advantages of four points — the last of which came at 19-15.
Eastern, however, responded with 10 of the next 13 points, allowing the guests to wrap up the 3-0 match decision with a narrow three-point win.
Katie Keller led the EHS service attack with 15 points and four aces, followed by Lindsay Wolfe with 10 points and Jordan Parker with eight points. Erin Swatzel chipped in four points, while Maddie Rigsby added three points. Kelsey Johnson and Sabra Bailey also contributed a point apiece to the winning cause.
Parker and Wolfe each had two aces for the guests, while Swatzel and Johnson added an ace apiece. Wolfe also dished out a team-high 18 assists, while Parker led the defense with 30 digs. Rigsby added 26 digs , while Paige Cline contributed 24 digs.
Parker and Rigsby led the net attack with seven kills each, followed by Swatzel with four kills and Johnson with three kills. Keller added two kills and two blocks, while Parker and Swatzel added two blocks and a block respectively.
Bailie Corbin led the SGHS service attack with 10 points, followed by Sara Bailey with eight points and Shelby Sanders with three points. Katie Bostic and Alicia Hornsby each had two service points, while Courtney Haner added one point. Corbin, Hornsby, Bostic and Haner all had one ace apiece in the setback.
Haner led the South Gallia net attack with eight kills and two blocks, followed by Bostic and Brynn Adams with six kills and a block each. Rachel Johnson was next with three kills, while Hornsby and Bailey respectively chipped in two kills and one kill.
Bailey and Corbin each had four digs to lead the Lady Rebels, while Bailey and Hornsby also contributed eight assists apiece.